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Government softens pledge for nationwide Gigabit-cable broadband by 2025

Boris Johnson’s £4bn Gigabit broadband investment has had its “highly ambitious” goal downplayed by the UK government. The strategy, pledging to have “gigabit-capable” fibre internet in every home by 2025, was treated with suspicion by the telecoms industry when announced last year.

Now, these suspicions have been justified, as the PM softened his approach, by saying “we’ll go as far as we possibly can by 2025. The UK Minister for Digital Infrastructure, Matt Warman, delivered the updated comments to the House of Commons last week, contrasting previous enthusiasm for the project.

The proposition of a nation capable of ultrafast internet is a goal many are pushing relentlessly toward. Here in the midlands, especially, where Cambridge, for example, is undergoing a pure fibre rollout, and Leicester is making steps toward becoming one of the world’s most digitally connected cities.

Much of this ambition comes from a growing set of alternative network providers, most notably with Cityfibre, who’s goal of providing 8 million premises with fast, reliable internet is aiding the government’s objectives. The plan detailed a technology-neutral approach, aiming to provide all premises with:

 Gigabit Capable Connectivity with a normally available download speed of at least 500Mbps and upload speed of 200Mbps.

 In limited circumstances, Ultrafast Capable Connectivity with a normally available download speed of at least 50Mbps and 20Mbps upload.

As a City Champion of Cityfibre, Gigabit Networks is currently doing just that, bringing pure fibre networks to Cambridge, Leicester and Nottingham. You can take advantage of the reliability, strength and speed of Gigabit broadband now, by contacting us, and choosing one of our three pure fibre plans.

Elsewhere, however, private investment achieves a reach of around 70%, and with a timescale many perceive as too short, success of the development plan might be down to how far and fast operators can work in coming years.

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Gigabit Networks supports CityFibre’s vision to deliver pure-fibre connectivity to towns and cities across the Midlands

As a City Champion partner of CityFibre, Gigabit Networks is supporting the UK’s third digital infrastructure provider in its drive to open up pure fibre connectivity to businesses in towns and cities across the Midlands – including Cambridge, Leicester, Nottingham and soon Derby.

 

The significant roll out is part of a £4bn national programme to deliver a pure fibre infrastructure to over 100 towns and cities, one which is set to create 11,000 telecoms and construction jobs over three years.

 

The move comes as the UK Government seeks to deliver more reliable and superiorly faster connectivity services by replacing slower, ageing copper lines with pure fibre cables. CityFibre is at the forefront of this vision.

 

The UK’s Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “We’re working closely with firms like CityFibre and I warmly welcome their commitment to building a highly-skilled and diverse telecoms workforce which will boost growth right across the UK.”

 

To find out more about Gigabit Network’s involvement in the pure fibre rollout with CityFibre and how your business could benefit from pure fibre connectivity, contact us today.

 

You can also read more about CityFibre’s major recruitment drive at: CityFibre announces 10,000 jobs boost to roll-out pure-fibre infrastructure across the UK

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Gigabit Networks and CityFibre drive Leicester’s digital transformation

 

  • Gigabit City network provides ultrafast speeds to Leicester businesses
  • Greater internet capability for Leicester as part of £4bn UK-wide rollout will lead to economic boost

 

Gigabit Networks is enabling Leicester businesses to thrive as the country moves out of the COVID-19 lockdown by unlocking their digital potential with Gigabit internet speeds (1000Mbps)

 

The local ISP has agreed to be one of a select number of CityFibre’s City Champions driving local businesses adoption of pure fibre connectivity as part of a major national roll out which has already seen it create new and completely independent fibre networks in 29 cities and towns across the UK including Cambridge, Nottingham and soon Derby.

 

Lots of business leaders haven’t yet realised they can now get the same high quality and ultra-fast internet speeds that larger corporations enjoy, but at significantly competitive prices. This is a game changer for Leicester, providing it with the initial building blocks to make it globally competitive as a digital city. That has a massive impact on the local economy and entrepreneurship.

 

The ‘Economic Impact of pure fibre infrastructure in 100 towns and cities’ report carried out by specialist economic development and regeneration consultancy Regeneris, commissioned by CityFibre, estimates the £80million investment CityFibre is making in the city could boost the local economy by up to £640 million over the coming years.

 

“Lockdown has demonstrated how essential a fast, reliable connectivity solution is for business continuity,” said Andrew Wilson, CityFibre’s Head of Wholesale. “During the current crisis, we are motivated to maintain progress and play our part in providing the digital infrastructure that will drive economic growth, support flexible working and deliver fast and reliable connectivity to businesses across the city.”

 

Currently, pure fibre connectivity is only available to 12 percent of premises across the UK. It is revered as the best in connectivity for its speed, near unlimited bandwidth and reliability. By using fibre optic cables for every stage of the connection from the customer’s premises to the Internet, users will be offered a significantly superior and more reliable Ethernet service, capable of Gigabit speeds (1,000 Mbps).

 

If you are a Leicester company that’s keen to find out more about how Gigabit capable connectivity could change your business, then contact Gigabit Networks at hello@gigabitnetworks.co.uk

 

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Gigabit Networks supports CityFibre push for 11,000 new jobs in fibre internet

CityFibre is set to create 11,000 jobs over three years as expands its fibre network to reach 8m homes in the UK.

Gigabit Networks is a Partner and Midlands City Champion of CityFibre, which has built pure-fibre networks in 25 cities and towns such as Cambridge, Leicester, Nottingham and soon Derby.

The £4bn expansion means around 10,000 new engineers will be trained in fibre splicing, telephone pole climbing and road cutting.

The UK’s Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “Our £5bn commitment to bring faster, gigabit-speed internet to the whole country is key to ensuring everyone is better connected, creating jobs and powering the UK’s economic recovery from coronavirus.

“We’re working closely with firms like CityFibre and I warmly welcome their commitment to building a highly-skilled and diverse telecoms workforce which will boost growth right across the UK.”

The move comes as the telecoms industry seeks to replace slower, ageing copper lines with fibre cables has picked up.

Boris Johnson, the prime minister, has pledged that all households should be able to connect to a “gigabit speed” broadband line by 2025.

CityFibre was bought by Goldman Sachs’ West Street Infrastructure Fund and Antin Infrastructure Partners in 2017.

The massive recruitment push kicks off this month and seeks to hire more female and black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) workers which the company said are under-represented in the telecoms workforce.

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